Are your teeth light or Bull City White?

Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you considering a dental makeover? Why not start with your smile! The latest advances in aesthetic dentistry are available to you at our practice. By  correcting or improving the color, shape, spacing, height or width of your teeth, your smile can be transformed into your best asset. Our skillful professionals use state-of-the-art technology and materials deliver superb results!

Pre-Bleaching Evaluation

This is typically done at your recall appointment to determine if you are a good candidate for bleaching. We evaluate causes of discoloration and clinical concerns with treatment. (ex, existing restorations, sensitivity). The best whitening results are received after a professional cleaning and concurrent use of ‘whitening formula’ toothpaste.

Whitening 

Your teeth become stained naturally as a result of the food , drinks and medicines you consume. Dental office whitening use Carbomide   Peroxide to effectively lift the stain from deep within your tooth (unlike surface stain removers over the counter). The result is a whiter, more youthful smile! As “Zoom” lights have proven ineffective, compared to non UV light options, we offer 3 convenient options to bleach your teeth. Dental bleach was originally formulated to help treat periodontal disease. Restoration of large cavities and a thorough dental cleaning is advised prior to bleaching. Bleaching should be considered prior to placing non-bleaching crowns or cosmetic restorations.

Our 5 Whitening Options:

1. Opalescence 1 Hour In-Office Boost Whitening 

For a brighter, whiter smile without the wait, opt for this in-office, chemically activated whitening treatment that offers quick results.

Advanced Opalescence Boost features a unique, chemically activated formula that allows us to whiten your teeth without the bothersome heat or UV rays light. It also contains potassium nitrate and fluoride, which help to improve oral health by strengthening enamel, decreasing sensitivity, and offering increased cavity prevention.

Immediate Results in less than an hour! The dentist-supervised, in-office procedure is safe and effective, and offers a brighter, whiter smile after just one appointment.

Excellent for:

  • Individuals who want immediate whitening improvement.

~$500. for full mouth up to 1 1/2 hr session

2. Take Home Custom Trays with Opalescence® Patient Kit

Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels allow you to whiten your teeth at your convenience—in a safe, effective, and customized way.

Safe It’s viscous gel helps prevent migrate to gums. It also contains Potassium Fluoride (PF), which helps strengthen enamel, decrease sensitivity, and offers increased cavity prevention.

Effective Powerful, prescription-strength Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are available with 10%PF and 15%PF carbamide peroxide with sustained effectiveness for 1-4 hrs or overnight wear. Average results in 2-4 days, with average completion 5-7 days.

Customized From a detailed impression of your mouth, we create a customized bleaching tray; which is part of why Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are so effective.

Excellent for:

Shown to be effective for removing some or all of the internal tooth discoloration due to fluorisis, tetracycline, and traumatic staining.

  • Adults with wine, coffee, tobacco or age-related stains
  • *Quick results and completion
  • *Low re-treatment cost

~$300.

3. Take Home Opalescence Go Kit

For a simple, fast, and great-tasting way to start whitening or brighten between in-office treatments.

Simple

  • Ready to take home in a preloaded whitening trays
  • easy to whiten on the go.
  • An affordable option
  • wear just 30 minutes once a day

Excellent for:

  • *Kids and Young adults with light stain
  • *People with Sensitivity
  • People only wanting to bleach a few shades
  • People with yellow teeth and thick enamel

~$55.

4. Bull City Smiles Extreme Whitening

  • ADVANCED ‘Boost®’ 38% Hydrogen Peroxide for a one hour power bleach session to
  • Desensitizing treatment given at end of appointment.
  • Receive your custom bleaching trays and Opalescence take home kit at the end of your appointment to whiten deeper stains to your maximum white and for future “touch ups”.

Excellent for:

  • Individuals who want immediate whitening improvement.
  • Those with deeper staining or more difficult teeth to bleach.
  • Those who want a large color change.

~$600.

5. Invisiline Bleaching

If you are interested in straightening your teeth without metal braces, Invisiline may be used to straighten teeth while you bleach. You receive several trays that allow you to straighten your teeth.  At night they may be used as a bleaching tray.

Invisiline Trays with Home Whitening Gels allow you to whiten your teeth at your convenience—in a safe, effective, and customized way.

Safe It’s viscous gel helps prevent migrate to gums. It also contains Potassium Fluoride (PF), which helps strengthen enamel, decrease sensitivity, and offers increased cavity prevention.

Effective Powerful, prescription-strength Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are available with 10%PF and 15%PF carbamide peroxide with sustained effectiveness for 1-4 hrs or overnight wear. Average results in 2-4 days, with average completion 5-7 days.

When Whitening is not Enough:

Veneers

Veneers are thin custom lab made shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your prepared teeth. They are a great remedy for misaligned chipped, spaced, cracked, or stained teeth. Dramatic, beautiful results can be achieved in as few as two appointments. Veneers are considered long-term restorations that strengthen, protect and   enhance the beauty of your smile. Call us to schedule today!

 

At Bull City Smiles Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Debora Bolton DDS, we are delighted to offer many ways means to lighten your tooth color.

Though the bleaching trays we offer can be effective, they may not provide the amount of whitening you desire. For example, dark gray or brown tetracycline stains often do not whiten well with these trays. Please also remember that dental restorations and fillings cannot be altered by a whitening product. Additionally, teeth are naturally darker near the gum line and may require more time to lighten. We also suggest that you visit our practice for routine dental check-ups before and after you whiten your teeth so you can keep your smile strong and healthy.

Patient Instructions for Custom Whitening Trays

Nighttime Use

  1. Before you go to bed, brush and floss your teeth and then rinse your mouth with water.
  2. Put a pea-sized dot of the whitening agent in each of the first eight front tooth impressions in the whitening trays on the cheek side.
  3. Dry your teeth as much as you can.
  4. Put the whitening trays in your mouth over your teeth. Let any excess whitening agents run out of the trays.
  5. Wipe away any whitening agents that spill on your gum tissue; rinse your mouth if necessary.
  6. Wear the trays while you sleep every night for 2-3 weeks (as a note, the whitening agents are active for about 2 hours).
  7. After wearing the trays for the allotted period of time, remove them from your mouth. Brush and rinse your teeth and the trays to clean away the whitening agents.
  8. Avoid dark liquids or foods for about 2 hours after removing the trays and as much as possible during whitening treatment. Some foods and drinks to avoid include coffee, tea, red wine, berries, sodas, dark juices, etc.

Daytime Use

  1. Brush and floss your teeth and then rinse your mouth with water.
  2. Put a pea-sized dot of the whitening agent in each of the first eight front tooth impressions in the whitening trays on the cheek side.
  3. Dry your teeth as much as you can.
  4. Put the whitening trays in your mouth over your teeth. Let any excess whitening agents run out of the trays.
  5. Wipe away any whitening agents that spill on your gum tissue; rinse your mouth if necessary.
  6. Wear the trays for 2-3 hours every day for 2-3 weeks. Please remove the trays from your mouth for meals.
  7. After wearing the trays for the allotted period of time, remove them from your mouth. Brush and rinse your teeth and the trays to clean away the whitening agents.
  8. Avoid dark liquids or foods for about 2 hours after removing the trays and as much as possible during whitening treatment. Some foods and drinks to avoid include coffee, tea, red wine, berries, sodas, dark juices, etc.

Sensitivity Or Gum Irritation

If you experience gum tissue irritation, tooth sensitivity, or ulceration, then please follow these instructions:

  • If you experience tooth sensitivity during a whitening treatment, then you may only want to whiten your teeth every 2-3 days for 1-3 hours. Start to brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. You may want to use this toothpaste right after you remove the whitening trays. If your sensitivity is extreme, then discontinue a whitening treatment.
  • Sometimes during a whitening treatment patients experience irritation in their gum tissue as well as their lips, tongue, and throat. These effects usually discontinue 1-3 days after one ends a whitening treatment. If you experience this irritation for more than 2 days or it worsens, then call our office at 919-381-5900.

What To Avoid During Teeth Whitening Treatment

  • Do not undergo a whitening treatment if you are pregnant or lactating.
  • Please do not eat or drink while wearing a whitening tray.
  • Don’t use tobacco while wearing a whitening tray. You may also want to avoid tobacco use throughout your treatment period because it can stain teeth.
  • Don’t whiten your teeth with household products or products purchased from the internet or an unknown source.
  • Please do not expose your whitening agents or trays to hot water or sunlight because the heat can ruin them.
  • Don’t freeze your whitening agents, instead store them in the fridge.
  • Please keep the whitening trays away from pets because they may think that the trays are chew toys.

If you have any other questions about our take-home teeth whitening products, then please give us a call today.